EVERYONE on my father's side, is BALD. My mother's side, no. When I was in high school, I had so much hair that my hairdresser had trouble, getting her clippers to work through it. The sides of my head, are still abundant, with hair. I will be 51, in September.
It was devastating to watch my hair, fall out . . . in part because I was never close to my father. He offered no counsel, and just expected me to 'fall in,' as the saying goes. I went instead, to several doctors.
Two dermatologists told me that the only hope I had, was strong massages each night, and a strong vitamin, each day. Another one, said that I should try minoxidil, which had just begun to appear on the market. I was already in my thirties, by that time. A little old, for that preparation. I tried it. The back of my head, began to stop shedding hair. Were I still on the 'dil, I think I'd have no open spot, even under light.
I got sick of it. As soon as I went off the stuff, my hair began its regression once more. Most of my loss is at the back, but my hairline has opened up considerably, too.
Soooooo . . . I began to do the massages. Every, single night. Vigorous massages with my fingers, for TWENTY minutes. This brings all the oils of your hair, to the surface. Your scalp will tingle, and get red. Lots of hair began to fall out. I didn't care . . . that was going to happen, anyway. BUT, after about a month, I began really to see a difference. The loss began rather, to stay put, where it was. I began as well, to use a massaging tool, during shampoos. You've seen them . . . they've got all those little 'teeth,' that distribute the shampoo more evenly on your head. Also, you get a great massage. I think now, that my hair loss, has just about stopped. I am convinced, that had I not taken these steps . . . I'd be bald. This is not to say that my methods would work for everyone. But, for me they were good enough. I wear lots of hats, and can live with an opening at the back of my hair pattern. Also, on special occasions, TOPPIX, works great for me. I blend the gray and the dark brown . . . totally fills in in the 'hole.' Here I am, at 49. Nobody else on my father's side of he family, has this much hair left.